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hit a bay bridge tower in san francisco bay two days ago. abc7 news talk with the ntsb what is involved in any investigation and joins us from treasure island. >> let me say this is not csi treasure island. the investigation will take more than an hour or a week or a year as they try to figure why that ship off of treasure island, the 750' oil tanker "overseas raymar" did what it did on monday. where will they repair the ship? there is a 20-member crew on board and a group was going to board the "overseas raymar" and is not with the ntsb but says they are with the marshal island registries where the tanker is from. the coast guard and investigators will work together to figure why it sideswiped the bay bridge tower west of yerba buena island on monday. the bar pilot was warned he was off coast and it is unclear whether fog played a role. i spoke with a ntsb in washington, dc, this morning. >> at this stage they are fact gathering and we cannot determine a cause early on in an investigation. it usually takes some time, maybe 12 to 18 months before we determine the cause but w
the ntsb joins the coast guard in investigating the collision on monday by an oil tanker in a bay bridge tower. abc7 has several new developments in the crash session to report. the coast guard says it warned the ship by radio it was in danger and the coast guard now is calling it a major marine casualty bass more than half a million in damage. this is a look from treasure island of the we ship, "overseas raymar" which is anchored in san francisco bay. we were over ahead when the coast guard investigators were on board yesterday interviewing the bar pilot, guy kleess, who was at helm when the accident occurred. he passed an alcohol test. a drug test result is pending. we will have more in 30 minutes. >> political leaders are tackling the issue of gun violence amid signs america is at a tipping point for taking action. vice president biden is holding high-level meetings today with victims groups, the n.r.a. and gun safety organizations. we are live in washington, dc, with the latest. >> good morning, kristen. the obama administration does not want to lose momentum for new gun legislation.
wounded. >> the national transportation safety board or ntsb has a go team on scene assisting the coast guard with its investigation. >> a lot of people used ferry system at new york city every day and, if there is an accident, we want to be there to investigation it to -- investigate it to make recommendations to prevent it from happening again. >> reporter: c street confirms the ship's propulsion system was upgraded and that there is no reason to believe it was the cause ofhe crash. >> we are cooperating fully with the u.s. coast guard and new york city police department and who were on board right now pulling data. >> reporter: the coast guard said the five-person crew have been tested for drugs and alcohol and that so far, they came back negative. rick leventhal, fox news. >>> more on the ferry crash at 5:30. meanwhile, seven people were hurt and three seriously when a crane collapsed in queens. it happened this afternoon in the east river. the cause of the collapse is under investigation. >>> another big story we're following tonight. vice president joe biden met with victims of gu
the ntsb joins the coast guard in investigating the collision on monday by an oil tanker in a bay bay bridge towe. we have several new developments to report. the coast guard says it warned the shape by radio it was in dangerous and the coast guard is calling it a major marine casualty because this is more than half a million in damage. here is a look from treasure island the overseas "overseas raymar" that remains anchored in san francisco bay. this is a live picture there, you can see it is lit up and, again, there will be boarding this morning, so that crews can continue to investigate. overhead, coast guard investigators were on before the tanker and they interviewed the bar pilot, guy kleess at the helm of where the accident occurred and he has passed an alcohol test, the results of a drug test yet pending. more on the investigation in 30 minutes. >> we have been tweeting about this since the story broke. you can keep up by following abc7 news bay area open twitter and more at abc7news.com including a slide show with pictures of the damage. >> a peninsula community is mobilizing
of unexpected vacation time enjoying the sights of san francisco bay as the coast guard and the ntsb get the investigations going. >> the abc7 news i-team has been digging into the background of guy kleess, piloting the "overseas raymar" at the time of the accident. there are three addresses under his name. one in san francisco. one in wyoming. what appears to be the current one in maryland. you see video provided to us by the san francisco bar pilots who work a week on and a week off but can trade ships. we asked shipping officials about the possibility of pilot fatigue and the bar pilot came to san francisco from maryland right before the crash. >> was he on a red eye? >> we do not know when he came on or off or when he got on or off the ship. >> the shipping industry has filed suit to get information of the pilot's shift and whether fatigue is a problem. the bar pilots and the board are appealing a september decision. you can keep up with new developments by following us at abc7 news.com. >> pittsburg police are saying a man acted in self-defense when he killed an intruder at his apar
within the past hour the ntsb said batteries aboard a 787 dreamliner created a short- circuit leading to the fire and now looking at manufacturing problems. that comes after they revealed yesterday that all eight cells of a 787's batteries showed thermal damage. the battery caught fire while the plan was empty and parked at the boston airport, all 50 dreamliners have been grounded worldwide while authorities in several countries investigate. >>> a a multi-million dollar security plan going in there. >> the harbaugh game find out who the parents said they will be cheering for on sunday. Ñmñz?cç?çÑkÑkÑe- >>> san jose police have found two main clues stemming from a home invasion this week. several armed men burst into their home on monday and investigators have recovered two cars stole in from en from the house. one car was found there and another found there. the robbers tied them up and made off with their valuables. >>> police released a sketch of this man they said robbed a couple there then. police say a man with a gun approached the couple and took the woman's purse and t
and firefighters are working with the coast guard and ntsb to get answers. >> our purpose right now is to gather the perishable evidence, the information that can go away with the passage of time. >> reporter: passage and crew will be interviewed. police say the five crew members already passed breathalyzer tests. >>> also here in new york another crane collapsed. it came crashing down wednesday afternoon. seven were injured including three underneath the wreckage. the crane was working on the first floor of an apartment building. during superstorm sandy a crane collapsed. >>> protecting home buyers and the board game monopoly rolls the dice on its game pieces. erica ferrari here with more on that. good morning. >> good morning, terrell. positive numbers from asia rallied the markets. tokyo he's nisei added half a percent. hong kong's hang seng also added half a percent. the dow was up 61 points while the nasdaq gained 14. the consumer financial protection bureau is unveiling new rules aimed at protecting mortgage borrowers. the regulations will ban lenders from offering risky interest-only and
, is anybody responding to this? >> the n.t.s.b. sent an investigator to japan to work with their officials. remember the ntsb already opened an investigation following the 787 battery fire you mentioned in boston last week. that battery was in the back of the plane. the one that caused the emergency landing in japan was more in front of the dream liner but all of this will be looked at after a comprehensive review of the electrical system. that review was announced last friday. at the time they expressed confidence in the 787 but now, they are apologizing to customers for cancelled flights due to the voluntary grounding of their dream liner. they announced today they did some safety checks and all of their planes are in service. >> clearly, more bad news for boeing. what is the company saying? >> they are very tight-lipped. they released a one line statement they are aware of the issue and working with the airline. they and many aviation experts say, these are teething issue that happens to every new plane. no one has been hurt or killed. last year was the safest year ever in the aviation
from in the ntsb's latest update on the 787 investigation is it looks like the planes will not fly anytime soon. they don't know what caused two batteries to overheat, leading to a fire and emergency landing and the grounding of the fleet of 50 dreamliners in service. they're looking at the battery charger and the electrical system, and so far there's been no smoking gun. >> this is not something we're expecting will be solved overnight. there's a lot of technical work and a lot of complex work to understand. >> i also got word from a source inside boeing that the ntsb is looking at another fire in tucson in 2006 that happened on a plane -- it was during a test when the lithium ion battery exploded and burst into play. boeing says the test was done wrong. the worker who set it up says it was correct, and the batteries were dangerous. he was fired and sued and lost his case. now the feds are reexamining the whole incident. meantime, boeing continues to assemble dreamliners in seattle and south carolina. the problem is what to do with the planes when they're finished. the company did
the flood of lawsuits that followed. information the ntsb was investigating that crash and this one as well. that's standard procedure. a go team arrived this afternoon. they are preparing to gather what they are calling perishable evidence. >> we are just here to collect information right now. we are not here to conduct analysis. we are not here to speculate. we are not here to determine the probable cause. we're here to find out what happened so that we can prevent it from happening again. >> and the ntsb says it will interview crew members tomorrow and begin collecting, gathering evidence to try and determine the cause of this crash, shep. >> shepard: rick leventhal in lower manhattan where the accident happened this morning and just hours later just across the east river, another new york city disaster unfolded when a 200-foot tall crane collapsed in queens. that crane went down neither iconic pepsi sign that you can see from manhattan. the fire department claims today's collapse trapped several workers. seven are now hurt. three of them reported in serious condition. crane collapses. a
have been talking about for two days now ntsb in the bay area tonight having just arrived. what they told us about the investigation. >> also neighborhood squabble over wild turkeys. wild life officials believe they could be endangered. those stories and more on abc 7 news at 11:00. over on channel 7. hope you can join us for that. but larry is here now with all the sports. >> 2 of my twitter followers right there. showed up. >> very cheerful. >> yes. when it comes to the nfl play off quarterback are key. most part guys like brady and manning and they rule.so where does that leave the 49 centers facing mvp green bay quarterback aaron rodgers former cal star. collin in the second year but he's a rackie coming to the post season. mike has more on the man about to make his season debut. >> stepping up. on the run. collin will be facing former league super bowl mvp aaron rodgers and green bay packers saturday in only 8 nfl start and first post season. >> aaron rodgers is a great quarterback. i mean, you see what he does on the field. performance. so you can't say enough a
by the coast guard and other bodies would made sure they had the information they needed. the ntsb is investigating: agency says it could take 18 months before we know if man or machine was to blame for the accident. funds that are in preserve will be used to pay the $2 million or $3 million but they will seek reimbursement from the owner of the tanker. live in san francisco for abc7 news. >> thank you, katie. city leaders expect a big town out in oakland when the city considers bringing on a controversial police consultant, william bratton, former chief of los angeles and new york city will be consulted to reduce problems in oak. but tempers flared over possible available filing because he favored "stop and frisk" where police can stop anyone they think is suspicious. the oakland city council will take up the meeting tonight. >> in san francisco the use of tasers is the focus of a community meeting. right now the san francisco police department is the only agency in the bay area that does not use stun guns. the chief wants do launch a pilot program to he quinn -- to equip officers
and ntsb to get answers. >> our purpose for being here right now is to gather the perishable evidence the information that can go away with the passage of time. >> reporter: passengers and crew will be interviewed. police say the five crew members already passed breathalyzer tests. alison harmelin for cbs news in new york. >>> also here in new york another crane collapsed. it came crashing down wednesday afternoon. seven were injured including three underneath the wreckage. the crane was working on the first floor of an apartment building. during superstorm sandy a crane collapsed atop a midtown high-rise building. >>> "cbs moneywatch" time now. protecting home buyers and the board game monopoly rolls the dice on its game pieces. erica ferrari here with more on that. good morning. >> good morning, terrell. positive numbers from asia rallied the markets. tock owe's nikkei added half a percent. hong kong's hang seng also added half a percent. the dow was up 61 points while the nasdaq gained 14. >>> the consume erp financial protection bureau is unveiling new rules a
in hollywood. go to facebook.com/progresso to enter. >>> the ntsb is on the scene of a ferry accident in new york. high-speed ferry was loaded with hundreds of people coming to work from new jersey when it slammed into a dock in lower manhattan yesterday. almost 50 passengers have minor injuries but 11 were seriously hurt. new engines and a new propulsion system were recently installed but no official word yet on the cause of the crash. >> we are learning more changes to president barack obama's cabinet. maybor secretary hilda soly. s is submitting her resignation to the president. she says sea made the decision after discussing it with her family and close friends. >>> and it looks like the president will be speaking his chief of staff, jacob lew, the head of the treasury department. we could get an official announcement today or tomorrow. the white house says no final decision has been made but aides say lew is becoming the consensus choice. the top republican on the committee, jeff sessions, says he will block it. >>> later on today, we'll get a first look at exactly how chuck brown will
inspector with the ntsb arrived last night. they will be taking a close look at the taker, the bridge as well. back to you at the desk. >> thank you, brian. >>> a san francisco man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire may make his first court appearance today. police arrested 22-year-old dexter oliver, monday night at an oakland hotel. investigators say oliver poured gasoline on his girlfriend, starr lamare, then set her on fire on sunday. she is still in the hospital. she's being treated for serious burns on her neck, her chest and her face. >>> in san jose, an investigation goes on into a garage fire last month that destroyed several cars and a boat. it all happened on 15th street. firefighters say when they got there, huge flames were shooting into the air. the fire destroyed a corvette that was inside the garage along with two other cars and a boat that were parked outside. a house next door was also damaged. firefighters say the first reports of a possible meth lab turned out to be not true. >>> 7:31. the family of bryan stow is giving us an update on his medical condition.
anyone else is saying the dream liner investigation continues. the head of the ntsb unsettling description of how serious this matter may be. >>> facebook founder is getting involved in politics. . >>> welcome back. taking you live to new york. dow back from its earlier gain. still up 17.5 points, s&p500 testing the 1500 level and a lot of familiar names in stocks to watch today. johnson and johnson up, part of the dow -- and it's earning estimates. p and g better than expected and starbucks. >>> sales of new single family homes fell. numbers dropped to a yearly rate of 369,000. that's down 7.3% from november but sales still up nearly 9% from december of 2011 and prices continue to rise slowly. >>> in the last week united states mortgage rates went up slightly but remain near their record lows. the average 30 year fixed loan slightly more than 3.4%. that's up about one tenth of a percent. >> we are following big news involving the search engine giant in mountain view. google reports that the united states government's request for information has skyrocketed in recent months. w
a flight to make an emergency landing in japan. the head of the ntsb is now speaking out about the batteries and saying the investigation is far from over. dan springer live in seattle with the latest now. this battery, dan, it may have been dangerous even before the plane was certified to fly? >> reporter: yeah, jon. this issue's been out there a long time. now, boeing uses these 60-pound lithium ion batteries because they put a lot more power out than the standard batteries used on planes. but there were serious red flags dating back to 2006. this video has surfaced of a fire at a boeing contractor's lab near tucson, arizona. it was sparked when a lithium ion battery -- the same kind used in the dreamliner -- exploded during the test. a company makes the battery charger for the dreamliner, and we know ntsb investigators were back at this location this week testing the charger. the battery concerns prompted the faa to issue special rules for the installation of the batteries in the 787 of. investigators said yesterday the safety systems put in place by boeing definitely did no
investigation. it's the first time the ntsb has investigated the 787. every new airplane has what they call birthing issues, problems that require some engineering fixes but firings are always serious and could be catastrophic. investors are hammering boeing, the stock is down $4 since the fire yesterday. >> shep: dan dan springer, thanks. >> one insurance provider says it could sue the government because of bailout. it agreed to a $182 billion rescue, one of the largest in the financial crises after revelations that the company gave out hefty bonuses. aig said it paid the bailout in full and started a campaign thank you america complete with high profile television ads. now aig is considering joining a shareholder lawsuit that is already in place against our government over the terms of the rescue. geri will system with us. they are upset over the bailout. >> it's very upset and being led by the former ceo the of the company. he is the biggest share holder. basically the claim is that the country violated the constitution, fifth amendment which requires the government can't take over priva
are onboard that plane and cleaning crews onboard that plane and they detected some smoke. ntsb investigating and responded and the investigation is focused on the battery unit where the fire was centered. officials say that the fire was the more serious unit. and they do not believe that this will ground the dream liner fleet. larry? >> all right. many, many, thanks we appreciate the update. by the way, it is becoming a stock market story. boeing stock shares fell. switching gears now. the debt ceiling may expire as early at february 15th. so, i want to know, if republicans are still embar ked on a government shut down no debt ceiling hike ckamakze mission. if the gop keeps talking about a shutdown and no debt ceiling. this is a mission of the first reign. >> i think it s considering that the white house has said repeatedly including today. that president obama is not willing to negotiate with the debt ceiling at all. but you do have senator mitch mcconnell coming out over the weekend saying that he is not all the way for a government shut down but it might be on the table. you have ted cruz
's what ntsb investigators are trying to figure out. more than 50 people got hurt two, critically, when the vessel slammed into a dock near the south street seaport in new york city this morning. dozens of people were thrown out of their seats and down stairs. one passenger said it felt like the ferry was going full speed when it collided with that pier. >> i just went forward, and my face hit the seat in front of me. >> it hit the right side of the boat on the dock hard. like a bomb. >> like a bomb. and that crash tore a hole in the corner of the ferry, shattered a window. the high-speed catamaran was carrying more than 300 commuters at the time. the coast guard spokesperson said the ferry captain will undergo alcohol and drug testing. in fact, that's routine in accidents like this one. >>> well, another crash in the big apple this one a large crane collapsing at a construction site in queens. the details are still sketchy on this one but 9news has learned that seven people were hurt. this is video from the scene. look at that falling boom lying across the length of the building underc
to go down. >> reporter: the ntsb has sent a team from washington to investigate what happened while the ferry company's president says the crew was tested immediately after the accident. >> the breathalyzer crews have been reported to be negative for the crew. >> reporter: although some witnesses say the ferry pitched to one side when passengers quickly lined up on that side to disembark. chris clackum, nbc news. >>> over the middle eastern part of the world, there's been record-breaking rain and rare snowfall over the past several days. today, even more snow fell in israel and in the west bank. parts of jerusalem's old city have flooded along with places on the gaza strip. business also to find ways to gets the water out of their stores. waves were high in the port city of gaza city. >> that's the kind of thing you don't see very often. >> wow. >>> we had some wet weather u x unexpected today. happened to be falling when i was coming out from lunch and i was thinking i don't remember doug mentioning this. got to call you out. >> yeah. >> what's it like being under the bus, man? sh
is on the scene for us. alison, how did this happen? >> that's what crime scene investigators and ntsb are trying to figure out. there's going to be a press conference in minutes given by the ntsb. everyone is trying to figure out how this ferry carrying 300 passengers crashed into the dock in new york be city around 8:45's this morning. not only did it send passengers flying in the air inside this boat, it's caused a huge gash in the hull of the boat itself. the coast guard says a tracking device shows that this vessel was coming in too fast, that it was coming in up to 15 miles per hour, which the coast guard official says is too fast when you're docking a boat. we did talk with the head of the company who says that the captain who was at the control of this vessel was in control or in command of this vessel when it did crash hitting one loading dock and then hitting a second loading dock. this captain, by the way, has been with this company for about ten years. a breathalyzer was performed on the captain. it came back negative and preliminary breathalyzers were conducted on five crew members a
theaters to reopen. >>> investigators from the ntsb and faa arrived in japan this morning to begin their investigation on a grounded boeing 787 dreamliner. the plane made an emergency landing this week after the smell of smoke was detected in the cabin. it was just the latest in a series of problems for the 787 which has now been grounded worldwide. >>> tech rivals facebook and google top two new lists of the best companies to work for. cnbc's jackie deangelis is here about what's moving your money. >> now it is all about the perks. very important issue. so which company's perceived as a better company to work for? well glassdoor.com says it's facebook, forbes saying it's google. from what we know, facebook is known for the laid back culture and the erik ps it pays like vacation days, free food, transportation, day care, also a generous benefits package like 100% health care coverage for employees and 50% for dependents. and then there's google, the company has long been known as a great place to work because of the special perks. some of the new ones this year include three new we
the ntsb is now starting to look at exactly the air worthiness issues, what was behind it, they've got investigation teams that are on their way to boston. and they're going to be asking the tough questions, wolf. they're going to want to know why brand-new aircraft, seemingly have recurring problems, albeit, of a different nature. are these the little glitches that boeing says they are, that happen with all new major complicated planes, or is there something else that's happening? there are lots of rumors, wolf, about whether the wiring has been done properly, whether this has been done properly or the other. so that's the issue at the moment. >> i assume, richard, there's been a backlash already, from the airlines that have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase these dreamliners from boeing? >> yes. and the serious part about that is the airlines are used to glitches. so it's not like you or me, the airlines expect a certain amount of headache, toothache, pain and misery with a new plane, a new model. but they don't expect it to be of this level. aog is the phrase they us
with bandages on his head. people are still being removed from the pier with injuries. the ntsb also gathering information on this accident because it's a transportation incident involving injuries here in lower manhatten. martha: it looked like everybody was off before, and now as you're saying they are continuing to bring people off, their head bandaged as you point out. i go back to what peter johnson junior was saying about the ferry, people get up, they feel like it's coming into dock, everybody stardz star standing up. new yorkers are always in a hurry to get to work. they are standing at the top of the stairs like this man was ready to go. you can see why this would happen. >> i heard from one passenger, the service is tip *eubg lee good on thtype itypically good on the ferry. people sitting down were fine. people standing up close to doors and glass were the ones who tumbled forward when the boat hit the dock and some of them hit the glass and some of them broke glass. there were a lot of cuts. there was according to passengers a lot of blood on the boat. and the most serious injuries
. >> this comes as federal investigators will conduct more tests to day o decemberon the dreamliner 787. the ntsb says the tests in washington showed a lithium battery that caught on fire on an empty dream weiner in boston earlier this month was not overcharged. suspicions about the battery and a possible fire risk led the u.s. and other countries to ground all 53 minor worldwide last week. >> the tsa says it is getting rid of the airport by his get is that produce a negative image of travelers. >> the x-ray scanners drew protests from privacy advocates, and so congress has mandated that they be changed to remove by june. the tdsa says it will keep another type of scanner that generates a generic image which only shows agents where to look for an object on the travelers body. >> still ahead is getting cold all from the country, we will take a look at how cold it is getting coming up. new nehoney nenchencof oofs sgreegryoguyo and aholehorainra herehe we goe i'i'm tasttag bog the togurog d thd honehoat tat sam stimeti new how ney buy hes he oat ogrer i'm like dkeginggith yog yt. i feelfe healtea..
its investigation. that from the ntsb. airlines around the world grounded the 787s after a pair of battery fires. one forced a flight to make an emergency landing in japan. the other caused a battery fire onboard a dreamliner after it landed in boston. the head of the ntsb said they identified some of the battery problems but still do not know the cause. >> we know the lithium ion battery experienced a thermal runaway. we know that there were short circuits and we know that there was a fire. the work that we continue to do will tell us why these things happened. we have a number of next steps. we are early in our investigation. we have a lot of activities to you know take. we're going to be completing those lab exams that we talked about with that incident battery, and documenting all of those. bill: she also told "the seattle times" she would expect the grounding to last months and not weeks. that's the last thing the company wants to hear. safe flying. a lot on the line. martha? martha: some new reaction to what is called the most far-reaching gun proposals in u.s. history but
in the past. the ntsb is on the way with the investigation team. >> alison kosik thank you so much. >>> the u.s. hit the debt ceiling and is only about two months before it must raise the borrowing limit or risk a default on the bills. what should the country do. ben stein joins us next with his answers and a weigh in on president obama's pick. rises hi. morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain away all day. today, jason chose aleve. just two pills for all day pain relief. try aleve d for strong, all day long sinus and headache relief. >>> the 112th congress was the least productive congress ever. they fought about everything, the campaign, the fiscal cliff, you name it and now the 113th congress is drawing battle lines over president obama's cabinet picks. the grid lock seems endless. no stranger to this ben stein. he was a speech writer and lawyer for president richard nixon. he is a c
's newsroom." the ntsb will try and determine if new equipment played a role in that accident. the commuter ferry that originates in new jersey, it just received new engines and a new propulsion system. more than 50 people were injured when the ferry had a hard landing arriving in lower manhattan this time yesterday. martha: now to a story that is truly out of this world. a dutch company is looking for a few good humans who might be willing to travel to mars and maybe no guaranty that you're ever coming back. that is the tricky part about this story. mars one wants to establish a colony on the red planet. they want to do it by 2023 applicants must be 18 by the time that date rolls around. must speak english and must not have any pressing business on earth, ever, ever again. we have a chief astronomer from the franklin institute. it is a great place to visit. good morning, derek. >> good morningings, martha. martha: tell me about this program. >> this is unique way to colonize mars, the trick you mention about a one-way trip. it may sound crazy but when you think about it how this planet was
, grounded all 24 of their 787s through thursday. the ntsb, faa, and boeing are sending investigators to japan. this latest problem is raising more questions surrounding the dreamliner's use of lithium ion batteries. >> we've seen some major problems with lithium batteries across -- transported and used in our computers. i'm sure the faa is going to look at the quality systems of mering with the batteries used on this airplane. >> last week a worker discovered a fire in the belly of a japan airline of 787 at boston logan airport. the charred battery manufactured by a japanese company is now being an litzed by the ntsb. the faa approved the lithium batteries because boeing installed specific safety measures to address potential overheating problems. the latest incident is ut approximating passengers on edge. >> just like anything new, you have to get the kinks out of it. >> reporter: the transportation secretary is not worried. >> i believe this plane is safe and i would have absolutely no reservation of boarding one of these planes and taking a flight. >> reporter: the only u.s. opera
will be tested for drugs and alcohol that is pretty standard. ntsb is getting involved. as we learn more we'll pass it on to you. jon: please do. rick folbaum, thanks. jenna: new information on the plans for u.s. troop withdrawals from afghanistan with the zero option very much on the table. meaning the obama administration would not leave any american troops in afghanistan after the end of next year. this would be at odds with the pentagon view, perhaps thousands, maybe tens of thoses of troops are needed to contain al qaeda and remain in the country. the sticking point seems to be the issue of immunity. the u.s. demanding that any american troops that remain in afghanistan after the combat mission ends be granted immunity from prosecution under afghan law. to date president karzai, currently in washington, has resisted this. joining us now, ambassador john bolton, former u.n. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor. so, ambassador bolton, president karzai says this, give us a good army, a good air force and the capability to project afghan interests in the region and then, only th
more on this. rick? >> reporter: the ntsb is leading the investigation, jenna and they're trying to figure out why the ferry came into the dock as hard as it did. the impact sent passengers hurling through the air with dozens of people thrown into their fellow commuters or slammed into the walls of this vessel. 70 people overall were hurt. you saw the gash right there. 11 of the injuries were serious. we know this particular ferry had recently undergone an overhaul that may have played a role in the accident. just last summer the ferry's engines and propulsion system were replaced to make it more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly but there are report that is the overhaul made it harder for the crew to maneuver the vessel. the crew, by the way, passing breathalyzer tests yesterday. drug test results are due in a couple of days. we'll follow that for you. jenna: we certainly will. continue to follow this story, rick, thank you. jon: a deadly flu outbreak is getting worse. one major city declaring a public health emergency. we'll talk with the health commissioner there. is
cockpit windshield, the electrical hitch is seriously to catch the attention of the ntsb, faa and aviation experts. united, which flies the only six 787s operating domestically, says it has no plans to take its dreamliners out of service. boeing says, it has extreme confidence in the 787. and it is 100% safe to fly. today, the faa will say, if it agrees. sources tell abc news that the faa is not going to ground the plane, signaling at least for now that it doesn't feel the plane's problems are safety issues right now. and it is safe to fly. george? >> okay, jim. thanks. >>> we have a medical alert now about america's most popular sleeping pill. and this one is especially for women. the fda now says that the recommended dose for ambien and its generic twin is too high. and they want to cut it in half. abc's lisa stark has the story. >> reporter: there's been case after case of so-called "sleep driving" on ambien and its generic. people taking the medication and somehow ending up on the road. it happened to this new jersey woman. and more recently, to kerry kennedy, the daughter of robert ke
are going to start giving out free flu shots. >>> the ntsb is in new york this morning investigating a ferry accident which seriously injured 11 people. the packed commuter ferry was coming in from new jersey when it slammed into a dock in lower manhattan. the impact sent passengers flying. federal investigators want to know if the high-speedboat was properly maintained and if crew members were doing their jobs. >>> along canada's hudson bay, a desperate race to save a pod of killer whales trapped by ice. about a dozen orcas have been taking turns coming up for air in a small break in the frozen water. people who live along the shore say the whales must have been surprised when the weather suddenly turned cold. the mayor has put out a call for an ice breaker, but none are close by. look at that. >>> flash flood warnings are in effect for most of louisiana this morning after two days of heavy rain. streets are impassable across the state today. schools will be closed in at least five parishes. rising floodwaters forced people from their homes in the baton rouge area, and the slow-moving storm
days have left the faa with no choice but to ground the dreamliner, while the ntsb analyzes the charred evidence from last week's 787 fire. lithium batteries are smaller and more powerful, but can overheat. >> when they're used normally, and the energy is released slowly as it's supposed to batteries have a very good safety record. but if that same energy is released very rapidly, the battery cells will vent release their contents and have the potential both for fire and explosion. >> reporter: boeing needed special faa approval to allow the dreamliner to use lithium batteries for key electrical systems. >> they have narrowed it down to the battery system on this aircraft. we've had two events and so therefore, they're going to now be able to look at it a little bit more in detail and figure out what's going on. >> boeing's european archrival, airbus uses lithium batteries only for emergency lighting in their air-380. but airbus' plane of the future, the air-350 due out by the end of next year, relies on them more heavily. the company says there are
with the nra and representatives of the entertainment industry and sportsman and wild life group. >> ntsb investigators on the scene of a new york ferry crash. this ferry slammed into a pier in lower manhattan, throwing passengers around lying rag dolls. 85 people were injured in this crash. one critically. >>> overseas, large parts of the middle east feeling the effects of a powerful winter storm that brought snow and severe flooding. it stretches from jordan and israel into lebanon and turkey. the worst of the storm may be felt in syria where thousands displaced by the several war are in refugee camps dealing with flooding and bitter cold. very closely watching that storm this morning in the middle east. >>> thanks. it is now 18 minutes past the hour. time for "early reads" your local news making national headlines. starting with the newark star ledger, sort of tony soprano's home paper. he said some italian-americans are upset at the "time" magazine cover which shows chris christie mugshot pose. even christie suggested it made him look like a mob boss. "time" magazine is owned by the p
ago, i had a chance to speak with robert sumwallet, heading up the ntsb investigation. he says today they're going to talk to the captain and the crew. he says there are no time line for when they might find out what exactly caused this crash. he said it could take up to 12 months, guys. >> steve: all right. todd starnes who lives in that neighborhood with a live report down at the water. thank you. >> brian: 25 minutes before the top of the hour. >> ainsley: now some of your headlines. he was poisoned to death with cyanide. now brand-new court documents are revealing the widow of that million dollars lottery winner was in a fight with his family about money. after he died, his wife tried cashing his lottery check, but his brother froze that check. he was worried that his daughter from a previous marriage wouldn't get her fair share. >> the wife and him was alone. they have a two story house. she was upstairs with him. nobody else was there. there was no other family member there. >> jasmine was not there? >> jasmine was down stairs. her room is down stairs and she was sleeping. >> a
the ferry went full speed into the pier. the cause so far unknown. the ntsb is investigating. >>> the washington post with hugo chavez bedstricken and battling cancer. the u.s. is working to make inroads. american diplomats are preparing for a post-chavez venezuela while trying to make progress with the drug-trafficking infrastructure and growing relationship with iran. >>> "usa today," the fda will consider heavier regulation for the popular painkiller vicodin which has for years seen widespread abuse. the d.e.a. recommended it be classified with other heavily used drugs like oxycontin. patients who need vicodin could increase the number of times they have to visit their doctor by limiting the number of pills that can be prescribed at each visit. >>> "the chicago tribune," president obama's acceptance of corporate donations from companies like at&t at the inauguration marks a shift. the paper writes, quote, the relaxed rules reflect how obama has largely dropped his efforts to curb the role of money in politics because he once vowed to make central to his presidency. >>> wit
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